Aug 27 | DAYTONA Rising Welcomes CommScope as First Technology Partner in Expanding “We Built Daytona” Marketing Platform

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CommScope will deploy a new communications infrastructure at DIS providing the facility with the bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that will enhance a fan’s experience, as well as improve stadium operations.

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Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today announced CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has become the first technology partner in the expanding “We Built Daytona” marketing platform supporting the unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.  

CommScope will deploy a new communications infrastructure at DIS providing the facility with the bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that will enhance a fan’s experience, as well as improve stadium operations.  

The “We Built Daytona” platform is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising and enables them to showcase their involvement through a marketing presence (once their role in the project begins). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome CommScope to our ‘We Built Daytona’ roster of partners, and we are especially honored to recognize them as the first technology partner for the platform,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “This new infrastructure from CommScope will give us the ability to deliver leading technology services and functions to fans and staff as DIS becomes the world’s first motorsports stadium.” 

CommScope will deploy approximately 220 miles of SYSTIMAX® GigaSPEED XL® Category 6 cable, 50 miles of TeraSPEED® single mode fiber optic cable and all terminations supporting digital signage and way-finding, more than 1500 HD displays, synchronized stadium-wide messaging, Wi-Fi connectivity in social areas, and an enhanced audio experience. This upgrade to DIS will offer the same amenities that sports fans have come to expect in stadiums and arenas around the country.  

For stadium operations staff, the new infrastructure will enable DIS to provide critical security measures such as high resolution security cameras, HVAC control, lighting control, and other fire and life safety services.

“Daytona International Speedway is an American icon, and we are excited that CommScope will be a part of its transformation,” said Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “The advanced connectivity solutions that we will put in place will ensure that DIS can support the needs of racing fans in 2016 and beyond.”

In addition to the immediate new services CommScope’s communications solutions will support, it will also allow DIS to grow with the changing times as necessary. The new network infrastructure will provide a future-proof capability, enabling DIS to offer future services such as Ultra HD support and Wi-Fi throughout the property, without any additional upgrades. 

CommScope joins five other companies aboard the “We Built Daytona” platform, including Kingspan, a market leader in sustainable building product technology; USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building products company; Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings; Big Ass Fans, a ceiling fan design and engineering company; and ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm that is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising project. 

Following construction, CommScope will receive special recognition as a “We Built Daytona” partner within the facility, along with corporate hospitality opportunities for entertaining guests during major events.

 

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. 

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

 

About CommScope

CommScope (www.commscope.com, NASDAQ: COMM) has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

Aug 26 | Fans to Get An Early Preview of DAYTONA Rising at 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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The 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move from its traditional Saturday date and will be held on Sunday night, July 5 broadcast in primetime on NBC.

2015 Coke Zero 400

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) President Joie Chitwood III unveiled the Speedway’s preliminary plans for hosting next summer’s 2015 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, which include opportunities for fans to experience the gleaming new frontstretch facility being developed as part of the historic DAYTONA Rising project. 

The 57th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will move from its traditional Saturday date and will be held on Sunday night, July 5 broadcast in primetime on NBC. The Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be held on Saturday, July 4 also in primetime on NBCSN. To mark the kick-off event for NBC’s return to NASCAR, the network will work closely with the Speedway to bring enhancements to both the event and the live broadcast. Those details will be announced in the coming months. 

The Sunday night date for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be only for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The 2016 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola will return to the traditional schedule, with the Subway Firecracker 250 on Friday night, July 1 and the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night, July 2.  

Approximately 50,000 new frontstretch seats will be available for the 2015 Independence Day holiday weekend event with 40,000 seats located on the west side of the structure, from Turn 1 toward the center of the track, while 10,000 seats will be located in Turn 4.  Fans seated in both locations will enjoy new amenities being created by DAYTONA Rising, including new and additional concessions and restrooms, the Speedway’s first-ever escalators and vertical transportation options, and several new “neighborhood” areas where they can socialize without missing any of the on-track action. 

The 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend will take place during a crucial period in the DAYTONA Rising construction process, during which the bulk of the frontstretch construction initiatives are scheduled to take place.  

“Next year’s Coke Zero 400 Weekend will be one of the most unique event experiences ever staged here,” said Chitwood. “We are as committed as always to providing our fans with a first-class Speedway experience, so we’re excited that we’ll be able to give a sneak preview of what our DAYTONA Rising project will deliver to fans once it is completed. 

“The Coke Zero 400 will also launch us into the homestretch for construction, as we put the finishing touches for January 2016, when we will officially christen a new era for this Great American icon.”

Ticket details and the renewal process for 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be directly communicated to fans in the next two weeks. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 24. Guests with questions about 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola tickets can call the Daytona International Speedway at (877) 306-7223. 

Lastly, in addition to the frontstretch seating changes, the Sprint Tower suite structure will be removed for the 2015 event.  Therefore, all suites, race officiating and other functions will be moved to temporary locations throughout the Speedway for that weekend only.   DIS staff is working closely with every affected industry stakeholder to make sure their needs will be met. 

 

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl. 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site. 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. 

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

Aug 23 | RHYS MILLEN WINS RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS DAYTONA

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“To my team, really is where I need to tip my hat,” Millen said. “The car put a huge smile on my face in our test on Monday. We came here and, in the first time all year that we had a track this long, we were very surprised with where we were and how amazing the car brakes and turns into tight corners. That was the recipe to get the job done here.”

Rhys Millen became the fifth different winner in six Red Bull Global Rallycross races this season when he took the checkered flag at the inaugural Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona, held at the historic Daytona International Speedway. Millen, driving for his own Hyundai-backed team, beat Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Subaru Rally Team USA’s Bucky Lasek to the line on a hot Florida day.

“To my team, really is where I need to tip my hat,” Millen said. “The car put a huge smile on my face in our test on Monday. We came here and, in the first time all year that we had a track this long, we were very surprised with where we were and how amazing the car brakes and turns into tight corners. That was the recipe to get the job done here.”

Millen, who qualified fourth, overcame a cam belt failure in Friday’s heats to take the win in his semifinal and earn the top starting position in the main event. A strong start enabled him to jump out to a commanding lead, as Block separated himself from the field to make a late charge from second. In the end, Millen’s gap was large enough to preserve the victory, even as his engine failed on the final lap.

In post-race inspection, the winning car was found to have equipment not permitted under section 14-9.1 of the Red Bull GRC rulebook. Upon further inspection by the Red Bull GRC technical team, it was found that this equipment did not provide any performance advantage. The win will stand, but the team will be penalized 50 points and a fine will be imposed by the series.

In GRC Lites, Mitchell DeJong had his second perfect weekend of the season, posting the fastest time in qualifying, winning both of his heats, and taking the main event victory. Alejandro Fernandez and Tyler Benson completed the podium, with each driver earning his best career finish.

Though his four-race podium streak was snapped, Nelson Piquet Jr. maintained his points lead by 40 over Block, who jumped from fifth to second in the championship. DeJong extended his championship lead in Lites to 66 points over Kevin Eriksson.

Full Supercars results of Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona are as follows:

  1. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
  2. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  4. Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  6. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
  7. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
  10. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
  11. Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
  12. Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
  13. Pat Moro, #59 Chevrolet Sonic Racing/PMR Motorsports Sonic

Provisional Supercars points through Round 6 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship are as follows:

  1. Nelson Piquet Jr., 245
  2. Ken Block, 205
  3. Scott Speed, 190
  4. Joni Wiman, 188
  5. Steve Arpin, 170
About Red Bull Global Rallycross

Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

Aug 22 | Polesitter Wiman Sweeps Heats in First Day of Red Bull GRC Daytona

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Wiman, Scott Speed, and Patrik Sandell qualified first, second, and third, and followed up those lap times with victories in Heat 1A, 1B, and 1C, respectively.

Red Bull Global Rallycross

Olsbergs MSE driver Joni Wiman followed up the fastest time in seeding with a pair of heat victories in the first day of Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona, held at Daytona International Speedway. He joined four other drivers as a heat winner during the event, held on the largest course of the 2014 Red Bull GRC season.

Wiman, Scott Speed, and Patrik Sandell qualified first, second, and third, and followed up those lap times with victories in Heat 1A, 1B, and 1C, respectively. Ken Block and Nelson Piquet Jr. got by Sandell in Heat 2A, while Speed had a mechanical failure in Heat 2C, allowing Steve Arpin to take the heat victory and making Wiman the only driver to go two for two.

In GRC Lites, Mitchell DeJong earned the fastest lap time and coasted to an easy heat victory over Geoff Sykes, Alejandro Fernandez, Tyler Benson, and Blake Fuller.

Action at Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona resumes on Saturday, with the Supercars semifinals and last chance qualifier, final round of Lites heats, and main events in both classes. Tickets are available online at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/DIS, over the phone at 1-800-PITSHOP, or on site at the event.

Aug 22 | Lesa France Kennedy to be Honored by National Women’s History Museum

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“I am humbled and honored to receive this special recognition,” said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO and NASCAR Board Member. “The National Women’s History Museum is making great strides in educating our nation and I am excited to help preserve women’s history for the next generation.”

Lesa France Kennedy

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and its Los Angeles Regional Council, will host a private brunch at 11:45 a.m. PT at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles – Women Making History – to honor the achievements of three notable women including Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO and NASCAR Board Member. The event will honor female philanthropists and activists who contribute to women’s history while creating awareness to advance NWHM’s mission and build a world-class museum in Washington, D.C.

This year’s honorees also include accomplished actress and philanthropist Sophia Bush, and producer, director, and Academy Award-winning writer Callie Khouri. "We are delighted to join with our LA Council to honor these three remarkable women," said Joan Wages, NWHM President and CEO. Past recipients include Maya Angelou, Fran Drescher, Annie Leibovitz, Jennifer Seibel Newsom, Dolores Huerta, Marissa Mayer and Rita Moreno.

"I am humbled and honored to receive this special recognition," said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO and NASCAR Board Member. "The National Women’s History Museum is making great strides in educating our nation and I am excited to help preserve women’s history for the next generation."

NWHM’s mission is to educate, inspire, empower, and shape the future by integrating women's distinctive history into the culture and history of the United States. For more information on the NWHM, please visit http://www.nwhm.org.

About International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.

The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise. In addition, the Company has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About the National Women's History Museum

Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. Current legislation is underway to create a Congressional Commission that would be charged with producing a feasible plan which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter: @womenshistory.

Aug 18 | 9-11 ‘Drive to Donate’ Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 at DIS

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9-11 ‘Drive to Donate’ Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 at Daytona International Speedway. Each donor will receive Daytona International Speedway tour ticket.

Blood Drive

Daytona International Speedway and OneBlood are bringing together the Central Florida community for the 9/11 “Drive to Donate” Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the “World Center of Racing.” This is the ninth straight year that the Speedway will serve as the location for the blood drive, which is also receiving support from Orlando NBC television affiliate WESH Ch. 2.

The “Drive to Donate” Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Daytona 500 Club, located in the infield and just outside Gatorade Victory Lane. Donors can enter the Speedway through the Turn 4 tunnel.

Every guest who comes to donate will receive:

  • A free Daytona International Speedway tour admission ticket
  • Free commemorative T-shirt
  • An opportunity to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2015 Daytona 500 if a minimum of 500 units of blood are collected at the event
  • A chance to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2015 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola if a minimum of 900 units of blood are collected at the event.

To make an appointment and find out more about the “Drive To Donate” Blood Drive, visit http://www.oneblood.org/ or call 1-888-9-DONATE. All donors who make an appointment in advance will be entered to win one of five pairs of tickets to the 2015 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22 as well as the rest of Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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